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Bilingual Staff Attorney - Farmworker Law Project, Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, Inc.

The Farmworker Law Project of the Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York provides legal assistance to migrant and seasonal farmworkers statewide. Farmworker Law Project staff travel to labor camps all across New York State, providing bilingual legal education materials and legal representation. Farmworker Law Project staff provide assistance to farmworkers and their families on important legal issues such as wage claims, workplace health and safety, substandard housing conditions, immigration matters and trafficking in persons.

Position:
The Farmworker Law Project (FLP) of the Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, Inc. (LASMNY) seeks a staff attorney to work with our project.  FLP advocates for migrant and seasonal farmworkers throughout New York State in employment and civil rights cases, focusing on the fundamental rights of minimum, overtime and contract wages, housing conditions in labor camps, and workplace safety.  FLP also represents victims of human  trafficking and other immigration applicants.  In addition, advocates conduct outreach and community education to migrant farmworkers in rural labor camps throughout New York.  FLP is located in New Paltz,  75  miles north of New York City.  LASMNY is a non-profit public interest law firm funded by the Legal Services Corporation, New York State Interest on Lawyer Account Fund, and New York State Office of Court Administration, among others.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide legal advocacy and education for farmworkers
  • Represent farmworkers on federal and state employment, civil rights, immigration and safety legal claims in federal and administrative matters
  • Travel to farm labor camps throughout New York State to lead and facilitate community legal education activities with farmworkers
  • Develop and design (in English and Spanish) community legal education materials for farmworkers on topics including labor, housing, health and safety, immigration, and civil rights
  • Collaborate with other organizations and agencies for client referrals, workshop development and trainings
  • Maintain accurate records and statistics, including documentation of educational trainings
  • Assist in other activities as assigned by the Managing Attorney and Executive Director in order to carry out the objectives of the Farmworker Law Project


Qualifications:

  • Fluency in written and oral Spanish; willingness to travel overnight required
  • Knowledge and understanding of the legal problems and needs of the poor
  • Prior working experience with the farmworker community or in other programs which aid the working poor
  • Strong academic training and performance
  • Good writing and computer skills
  • Admission to the Bar of the State of New York or eligibility to practice in New York under the 18 month legal services rule and up to five years prior legal practice
  • Valid NYS Driver’s License, insurable


How to Apply:
To apply, send a resume, three professional references with contact information, and writing sample to: arturo.delgado@lasmny.org and jobs@lasmny.org.